You can benefit from the difference you make!
Share your leadership skills and experience with others while growing and developing yourself:
- pass on your expertise and learn best practices from others
- develop leadership, governance and facilitation skills
- increase your profile in the community of occupational therapy.
Where the association is now → where it is going → what is needed to get there.
Good governance is about good performance, reputation, sustainability and durability. It is enabled by:
- encouraging diversity of viewpoints
- being knowledgably informed
- seeking proactive future forward solutions
- utilising advanced interpersonal communication skills
- collective decision making.
Being a council member:
- Council members are knowledgeable about the breadth and depth of occupational therapy and are able to articulate the vision, mission and strategic plan of the association.
- All council members take on a fiduciary responsibility to guide, monitor and uphold legal requirements associated with the finances of the association.
- Each council member summarises and brings information which may impact on the association, and the profession, to the governance group (via environmental scan / discussion papers within council meeting / raises issues).
- Each council members reads, prepares, participates and takes responsibility for items for discussion within each council meeting.
- Each council member feeds back to association members and networks on progress made towards strategic goals and current issues as appropriate.
- Council members are required to follow the relevant policies and procedures of the Association.
- Some council members hold specific portfolios which will have additional task requirements.
Council member’s role as an association member:
Each council member is also an association member and may be asked to assist in facilitating a working party and/or engage in marketing and promotion tasks.
An OTNZ-WNA council member is reimbursed expenses associated with the role and is paid a small honorarium per meeting in Wellington (three times per year plus AGM). Meetings are usually scheduled for a Friday and Saturday. Skype meetings and audio conference calls for committee positions (such as audit and finance or the Occupational Therapy Research and Education Trust) are additionally required.